TBI Weekly


TBI Weekly: Five AI myths busted

Guy Gadney, co-founder and CEO of Charisma.ai, the company behind the artificial intelligence toolkit used in projects such as Sky’s recent interactive TV drama Bulletproof, debunks five myths about the emergent technology’s future uses. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly on the rise in the international television industry – and during this pandemic where we’ve seen numerous […]

TBI Weekly: Embracing autism & disability representation

To mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, TBI deputy editor Mark Layton talks to producers from around the world, and across a range of genres, about their neurodiversity and disability-focused shows and what best practices can be learned from how they brought them to the screen. Authentic on-screen representations of disability and neurodiversity are, […]

TBI Weekly: Making a success of YouTube-first content

Streamers might be king right now but video-sharing platforms are more than holding their own, finding their place as a more natural home for viral videos and short-form content from professional studios and ‘bedroom creators’ alike. Services such as TikTok and YouTube are also providing a rich vein of creative talent for streamers in search of […]

TBI Weekly: How AVOD is starting to pull out the big guns

If it hadn’t been for the double-barrel effect of a global pandemic and the launch of streamers direct from US studios, then 2020 would likely have been seen as a major trigger point in AVOD’s evolution.    As it is, these services have surged in popularity over the past 12 months but there are soon to […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking the future of global distribution

As The London Screenings come to a close after two weeks of virtual sales events, TBI explores how the industry might react when physical markets and events return as we pick out highlights from our exclusive recent report, The Future Of Global Distribution Survey. The traditional events cycle has been upended by the pandemic and, increasingly, business is being done within a virtual […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking what Paramount+ means to ViacomCBS

As ViacomCBS pulls back the curtain on Paramount+, TBI’s Richard Middleton and Mark Layton dissect the offering and explore how the service fits into the congested streaming landscape. ViacomCBS pulled out all the stops for its unveiling of Paramount+ earlier this week and in so doing took vertical integration to a new level. IP ranging from Grease and […]

TBI Weekly: Five global kids TV trends to look out for in 2021

With the first week of Kidscreen drawing to a close today, Rob Moyser, senior analyst for TV & online video at TBI sibling OMDIA, considers what 2021 has in store for the kids TV sector. From new streamers locking down premium IP to an anime boom, the continuing impact of the pandemic and platforms striking partnerships […]

TBI Weekly: What Brook Lapping’s Trump docuseries tells us about tenacity

UK factual producer Brook Lapping launches its three-part docuseries Trump Takes On The World on BBC Two next week. Series director Tim Stirzaker reveals how his team’s persistence through a pandemic – and an impeachment – secured unprecedented access to the former US president’s inner circle. When we started developing this series in the autumn of […]

TBI Weekly: Why Disney’s ‘Modern Family’ deal matters

The narrative around the US studios’ direct-to-consumer strategies tends to focus on rights retention and vertical integration. Disney’s recent deal to share Modern Family with NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock highlights that things are not as straight-forward as they may seem, writes Richard Middleton.  Following years of discussion about the growing might of Netflix, the unravelling of the traditional US studio model […]

TBI Weekly: Five Lat Am trends for global consideration

Latin America’s streaming ecosystem has evolved quickly, with a potential subscriber base that has made US giants such as WarnerMedia pick it as a first port of call for their global DTC streamer roll-outs. As NATPE Miami comes to a close, TBI picks out five trends from the region providing international opportunity. Picking up the […]

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